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[box type=”bio”] Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership (with Warren Bird by InterVarsity Press) is hot off the press. I hope you’ll check it out.[/box]

What Others Are Saying


At Saddleback we’ve shared leadership from the beginning.  While it’s not always been easy, it’s absolutely been worth it. This insightful book, with its strong research, real-life stories and practical how-to’s, makes it easier for you to build a strong, thriving senior leadership team.

– Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of many books including The Purpose Driven Life and The Purpose Driven Church


As someone who is passionate about helping teams become more productive and healthy, I strongly recommend Teams that Thrive. It draws out best practices and principles from hundreds of leadership teams, pulls together top marketplace research, and then illustrates them with stories from churches at every level. I encourage you not to simply read it yourself, but to read it and work through it with your team. It will make you better. It will help you thrive.

– Larry Osborne, pastor of North Coast Church and author of Sticky Teams


In Teams that Thrive, Ryan and Warren provide the church with valuable insight from research rooted in biblical principles to create a picture of team leadership that is sound and scriptural. Whether your church is 200 or 2000, whether your team is 2 or 25, this book will be an essential resource.

– Ed Stetzer, President of LifeWay Research

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What’s It About

It’s increasingly clear that leadership should be shared—for the good of any organization and for the good of the leader. Many churches have begun to share key leadership duties, but don’t know how to take their leadership team to the point where it thrives. Others seriously need a new approach to leadership: pastors are tired, congregations are stuck, and meanwhile the work never lets up.

But what does it actually mean to do leadership well as a team? How can it be done in a way that avoids frustration and burnout? How does team leadership best equip the staff and bless a congregation? What do the top church teams do to actually thrive together?

In this book, Warren Bird and I learned from churches of various sizes and traditions throughout the United States who have learned to thrive under healthy team leadership. We present our discoveries here, culminating in five disciplines that, if implemented, can enable your team to thrive. The result? A coaching tool for senior leadership teams that enables struggling teams to thrive, and resources teams doing well to do their work even better.


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